*Donald Glover is said to be circling “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” Sony’s upcoming reboot of its Spider-Man franchise.
Tom Holland will star as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in a story that plops the character back in high-school. Zendaya has already been cast as the female lead. Michael Keaton will play a villain, and Marisa Tomei has been cast as Aunt May.
Also in the cast are Tony Revolori, who starred opposite Ralph Fiennes in “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” and Laura Harrier, who appeared in the soap opera “One Life to Live.” Robert Downey Jr. will appear as Tony Stark/Iron Man.
Production is set to begin later this month.
The casting is a closing of a circle of sorts for Glover. When Sony was rebooting Spider-Man for what became 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man, a vocal grassroots fan campaign emerged for him to star in it, with Glover even embracing the movement. The part went to Andrew Garfield although Glover was able to partly fulfill his dream by voicing mixed race Spider-Man Miles Morales in Disney XD’s animated series Ultimate Spider-Man.
Glover has proven to be talent across multiple platforms. He is known for a rap artist working under the name Childish Gambino and he also was a writer on 30 Rock, joining that show at age 21. He co-starred on the cult comedy Community and appeared in Magic Mike XXL as well as The Martian.